I am way behind on getting this post up. I visited Panola Mountain State Park four weeks ago and posted a location scout here. I have been so busy with my day-job, I have not gotten to post my photos from my night-hike around the Mountain.
Here are some photos from the hike. Each of these photos are HDR photos. I have been shooting a lot of nature/landscape photos lately simply to work on my skill. I set the ISO at 100 and mounted Bessie (my camera) on a tripod. I was in AV mode, set my aperture to f/14, and used only a circular polarizer. In post processing, I pulled down a graduated ND filter to bring out the contours of the overcast sky.
I met the group at the Nature Center at 4:15 pm. We were briefed on safety before we caravanned to the trail head. We were led on a simply hike that I would recommend for intermediate hikers and above. I would not recommend it for those with health issues.
Our hope was a spectacular sunset to the West, but an overcast sky kept us from experiencing it. I enjoyed the hike and the opportunity to take some photos from the western side of the mountain.
For this broke photographer, the scouting hike and the night-hike cost a grand total of $25. It cost $10 for parking over two days and $15 for the night hike.